Patriot League Preview: Fisher, Keenan Division Races Should Be Exciting

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The Patriot League last season saw Plymouth South win the MIAA D2 state title, and Hanover make it to the D3 state title game.

FISHER DIVISION

Ryan Song
Scituate

SCITUATE (12-8-2)

Longtime assistant Brian Hurcombe takes over as head man for Mike Breen, who coached the Sailors for 18 years. He is focused on his players maintaining the culture of hard work cultivated by Breen, while buying into the new philosophy of maining puck possession and providing multiple support options.

Angus Reid
Scituate

Offensively, seniors Angus Reid and Ian Loftus, junior Matt Finnerty and Christian Donohue and sophomores Evan McBrien and Cam Swan all return to guide the attack. New sophomore Henry Weichert hopes to crack the lineup. Senior Mike Nisbet will provide versatility, as he can play both forward and defense.

Blueliners back are seniors Anthony Spinella and Tristan Smith and juniors Nick Spinella and Jack Thompson. New senior Ben Smith will be a welcome addition.

Senior Ryan Song has some solid experience in goal for the Sailors.

PEMBROKE (5-14-1)

The Titans are looking to rebound from an off-year last winter. They are hungry to get things going.

Offensively, senior C.J. Perry, senior Zach Duchini and junior Pat Moran get the task of leading things for coach Mark Duffy.

Two seniors – Aidan Arone and Joe Hickey, and junior Joe Marshall form the Pembroke defensive braintrust.

PLYMOUTH SOUTH (20-3-2)

The defending state champions lost 11 seniors that all contributed to the title. So, it may be a bit of a rebuilding year for the Panthers, who will need to play solid defense.

With the departure of last year’s top five scorers, offense will need to come from junior Collin Costello and sophomores Casey Donovan, Matt Smith and Chris Colbert.

Two seniors – Shawn Peckham and Josh Gesmundo – will have key roles on the blue line for coach Mike McCosh.

NORTH QUINCY (3-16-1)

Matt Gibbons’ team returns senior forwards Kieran O’Driscoll, Noah Wine and John Early (captain, also a defenseman).

Sophomore goalie Asher Wines is back in net.

“With only four seniors we are looking to get the young guys involved,” Gibbons said. “This year the goal is to come together as a team first and then the results will come.”

Kevin Chandler
Hanover

HANOVER (25-1-1)

Jonny Abban’s D3 South defending champs want one thing: get back to the Garden.

The Indians lost 15 seniors from last year’s team but do return goalie Kevin Chandler, a senior. Abban said he has a young team but doesn’t see this team as a complete rebuild.

Seniors Joe Radzik, Lucas Lanagan and Brendan Mello have experience on offense, and seniors Ben Fein, Jason Bishop and Colin Enos are some of the veteran blue liners.

KEENAN DIVISION

Ben Cheney
Duxbury

DUXBURY (10-7-5)

With only five returning seniors, coach John Blake knows that younger players will have to step into leading roles. The Green Dragons will continue to play their customary strong non-league schedule against the likes of Xaverian, Hingham, Marshfield and in the Ferreira Classic.

Look for senior captain Jake Brennan, junior captain Ben Cheney and juniors Tanner Smith and Zach Stewart to take on leading roles up front.

Returning goalies senior captain Nate Romanelli and junior Steve Pisani both saw time last season and will be looked to for stability as younger players acclimate themselves to the varsity pace. Senior captain Jack Venurelli and junior Ben Luscko are back on defense.

QUINCY (11-9-2)

Hard work in all three zones will dictate how the season goes for the Presidents.

A nice nucleus returns up from for coach Ted Walsh led by senior Dan O’Leary (27 pts), senior Jason Whalen (16 pts), senior A.J. Currie (13 pts) and junior Ryan Quirk.

Senior Griffin Lynch (24 pts) will be solid on the Quincy blue line and will be involved heavily in the offense. Junior Brendan Bailey is back as well.

WHITMAN-HANSON (8-10-2)

The Panthers welcome back 13 players from last winter’s squad and the hope is that leadership from that group of upperclassmen will play a huge role.

Seniors Ed Scriven and Owen Manning, and junior Adam Solari need to have big seasons offensively for coach Chris Googins.

A young defense will consist of junior Reed Watson and sophomores Jack Allen, Kevin Willis and Josh Pike.

Junior Robert Flynn and new sophomore Bob Siders will be in the goaltending rotation.

PLYMOUTH NORTH (6-11-3)

With a good mix of upperclassmen and new players, if the Eagles can get some good leadership and work hard, then they should be able to achieve some more success.

Senior Cam Caraher (30 pts) will be vital to things offensively for coach Tim Drew. Other key scorers back are junior Jake Fleet (21 pts), senior Aiden Campbell (13 pts) and junior Jason Norwood (6 goals).

On defense,  senior Pat Hilton is back after an injury-plagued junior year. Junior Connor Macloud is another experienced blue liner. Sophomore Jack Arnold will battle for the starting goaltender’s position.

Newcomers hoping to impress include senior Noah Medhaug, freshman Kevin Norwood and Pat Driscoll.

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Silver Lake
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Silver Lake
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SILVER LAKE (8-12-4)
The Lakers and head coach Dan Scott are excited about the return of junior center Kevin Cardarelli (16-16-32), senior winger David Marani (16-13-29), senior winger Alex Heffernan (13-15-28), senior center Andrew Johnson (5-10-15), junior forward/defender Nick Solari 7-7-14, junior center  Bobby Guilford (5-9-14), senior center Ryan Sullivan (4-5-9) and senior winger Sean McNielly (3-2-5).

Defender Drew Nugent is back for a junior season and sophomore goalie Gavin Belliveau returns. He had a 2.77 GAA as a freshmen. Two freshmen goalies will look to challenge him for playing time.

“The team will have to rely on the experience up front as the Lakers return all top nine forwards from last year,” Scott said. “With all top six scorers from last year returning the Lakers look to have a potent offense up front.”

After making the state tournament the last two years and winning their first games each year, the Lakers hope to make it out of the second round of the tourney.

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